Active Transportation & Built Environment

Bills that are relevant to active transportation and built environment research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed here.

Active Transportation & Built Environment

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2019)
HB 86 State Rep. Valoree Swanson Filed - 11/09/20 Requires signs to be posted in school crossing zones that say wireless communication devices are prohibited in these zones, and that there will be a fine.
HB 114 State Rep. Steve Toth Filed - 11/09/20 State agency must determine that a private entity has obtained all necessary federal approvals and permits for the construction of a high speed rail project. The state agency may not issue any permit required for the project; or negotiate or enter into an agreement with the private entity for right of way access for the project.
HB 156 State Rep. Evelina Ortega Filed - 11/09/20 Relating to the authorization by referendum of an optional county fee on vehicle registration in certain counties.
HB 554 State Rep Ray Lopez Filed - 11/12/20 An operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or a person operating a bicycle on a highway or street.
SB 42 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Received by the Secretary of the Senate - 11/09/20 Individuals cannot use wireless mobile device while driving unless it is hands free speaker, to contact emergency services; or it was mounted in or on the vehicle solely to continuously record or broadcast video inside or outside of the vehicle.

Active Transportation & Built Environment Resources:

1. Creating a culture of bicycling and walking  

2. Our kids want to walk the walk  


4. Houston TRAIN Study   

5. Moving Toward Active Transportation: How Policies Can Encourage Walking and Bicycling  

6. CDC Transportation Health Impact Assessment Toolkit  

7. Why Active Transportation?  

8. The Planning Perspective on Health: Community Health as a Goal of Good Design  

9. Active Transportation  

10. The State of Transportation and Health Equity  

11. Getting the Wheels Rolling: A guide to using policy to create bicycle friendly communities 

12. Improving Health Through Transportation and Land-Use Policies 

13. Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health  

14. Creating Built Environments That Expand Active Transportation and Active Living Across the United States: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association 

15. Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers    

16. Case Studies on Active Transportation Funding, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, Shared Use, and Environmental Justice